I am glad to bear witness to the healing power of Christian Science,...

I am glad to bear witness to the healing power of Christian Science, which rescued me from the depths of suffering and despair. My knowledge of the letter of this truth was not sufficient to prevent a breakdown, due to anxiety and the tendency to overdo things.

Many testimonies tell of quick healing in Christian Science, but my experience was just the reverse, though I realize that this was due to my own lack of ability to imbibe its spirit more readily. It required about seven years of determind effort on my part, together with the help given me by practitioners, to overcome the ills from which I suffered, namely, of nervous exhaustion, sleeplessness, and neuralgia. I can compare my experience only to that of one who has fallen into a deep pit and has crawled out an inch at a time; but every effort to obey the spiritual law revealed in the Bible and Science and Health has been rewarded, and has been an encouragement to press on. God has tenderly fitted the back for the burden and tempered the wind to the shorn lamb, and every step of the way has been guided and attended by a greater sense of health and peace, until I have been able to return to my work and find pleasure in it. Life is once more a joy, instead of seeming a dismal dream. Death had not the terrors for me that living on through the suffering had, and I was tempted to end it; but there always seemed to be at least a little ray of light in my consciousness that all of the darkness could not extinguish, and I clung to the thought that, no matter how the storm seemed to rage, man is God's reflection and cannot an ? from his Maker (as taught us in our text-book), and that discord would be conquered at last. Many times I seemed to slip back and lose much of the ground gained, but it was only a seeming, for each time I rose stronger. To those who may be passing through a like experience, waiting for relief which seems so slow in coming, I feel like telling them never to give up, but to remain firm in what understanding they possess, and deliverance will most surely come, for God, we are taught, "is no respecter of persons," and all may receive His help.

For the knowledge gained in demonstrating and proving my way out of this erroneous condition, I am most grateful, for this understanding is an inspiration for every day. To know that in God is my health and that I do not have to depend upon certain kinds of food, drugs, climate, or anything but an understanding of Him, is one of the joys of those who learn the truths of Christian Science. In my business as a traveling salesman, I find Christian Science of the greatest practical value. Havin asked God to guide me, and believing that I am in my rightful place and doing the work which my heavenly Father has for me to do, anxiety about meeting with success has been largely eliminated, for if I do my work faithfully, I am always rewarded by finding some one who needs that which I have to sell. The thought that Mind governs, and that all business transactions should be of benefit to both the buyer and the seller, shows me the folly of what is called "sharp practice" in business, and how unnecessary it is to feel that one has to influence another to do something which will be agianst his highest interest, in order that he may himself succeed.

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Testimony of Healing
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January 6, 1912

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